Pakistan's left-arm speedster Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against South Africa owing to a muscle strain. His absence is bad news for Pakistan, who are left with Umar Gul as their only main pace bowler in their current Test in Dubai.
"Riaz has suffered a side strain on the right side and needs four to five weeks for recovery before rehabilitation, so he will return to Pakistan after the first Test," Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan team manager, told AFP. He also stated that there would be no replacement for Riaz in the squad, and that leaves Mohammad Sami and Sohail Tanvir as probable new-ball partners for Gul for the second Test which starts on November 20.
The 25-year-old Riaz had an auspicious beginning to his Test career, with a five-wicket haul on debut against England at The Oval in September this year. On Friday, he picked up a couple of wickets in South Africa's first innings but was not able to bowl on the second day of the Test due to his injury. In the two Tests he has played so far, he has picked up 7 wickets at an average of 27.85 and seems a good prospect for Pakistan in future tours.